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Oktoberfest ideas for gluten-free, celiac disease community

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Oktoberfest is being celebrated across the country with many cities planning family-friendly events and fun activities. Although people on a gluten-free diet who have celiac disease have to be careful, they can still participate because more areas are starting to acknowledge restricted diets. You do not have to miss out on the bratwurst or schnitzel.


The growing number of people on restricted gluten diets has affected how organizers plan events such as Oktoberfest. Most cities will offer vendor and booth space to businesses that can serve safe items, so people with celiac disease are starting to see more options. Although you can celebrate at home by making your own Oktoberfest feast, local events offer the chance to entertain the entire family.

Beer is at the heart of most Oktoberfest celebrations, but barley and wheat cannot be consumed by people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. Fortunately, there are multiple gluten-free beer options available that are made from safe ingredients. Bon Appétit offers a list of 12 gluten-free beers with the promise that they do not taste terrible, and the list includes the Steadfast Beer Co., Glutenberg and Lakefront Brewery. These are not the only options available for people, and Men’s Fitness offers seven more gluten-free beers ranging from Redbridge to Bard’s Tale Beer Company.

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It is important to ask each food vendor at Oktoberfest questions about their products to determine if cross-contamination with gluten has not occurred. There are several items commonly found at these events that are generally considered safe, but the risk of contamination can occur in any location. Sauerkraut and potato salads are some of the items that fall on this list in addition to meat products such as bratwurst, sausage and kielbasa.

If you are searching for gluten-free sausages and other meat items for Oktoberfest, several brands offer them. Applegate offers a gluten-free meat list that ranges from sausage patties to breakfast sausages while Johnsonville has original brats and original bratwurst on its list of products without the protein. The Aidells Sausage Company, Armour, Farmland Foods, Jones Dairy Farm and others have meat varieties that are safe for people with celiac disease, but it is important to read every label.

Read more about celiac disease:
Celiac disease tips for making bread at home
Celiac disease apps help create gluten-free meal plans

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